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Roads Australia Insider - 12 June 2020


Brisbane Metro a step closer as preferred delivery partner announced

Brisbane Move, a consortium of Acciona and Arup, has been chosen as the preferred tenderer to design and deliver the $944 million Brisbane Metro project, with construction expected to get underway next year.

Brisbane Metro is a 21-kilometre, ‘turn-up-and-go’ rapid transit system utilising high-capacity bi-articulated electric vehicles. Two dedicated lines will connect 18 stations from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street, and Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital to University of Queensland.

The project is being delivered in a Collaborative Partnership with Brisbane City Council.

As part of the project scope, Brisbane Move will also be responsible for working with Council to deliver changes to Victoria Bridge, North Quay, the new Adelaide Street tunnel and surface improvements in-line with the Adelaide Street Vision.

Council is delivering a program of early works involving the relocation of public utility services and intersection upgrades in readiness for changes to the traffic network and main construction works in 2021.

The Queensland Government has welcomed the latest milestone on the project.

“We are working with Council to plan how Metro will connect with the wider public transport when the first services start in a few years, but news that construction could start soon is an significant milestone for the project,” Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said last week.


New agreement keeps Sydney Metro (Western Sydney Airport) on track

The Federal and NSW governments have reached an agreement this month that unlocks a further $3.5 billion for the $11 billion Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport rail link, paving the way for construction to commence this year.

Both governments want the line completed in time for the opening of Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport in 2026.

The Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport includes six proposed metro railway stations, including:

  • two stations within the airport site, at the airport terminal and at the airport business park;
  • a station serving the commercial heart of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis;
  • a station at St Marys, interchanging with the existing suburban railway station and connecting customers with the rest of Sydney’s rail system;
  • a station at Orchard Hills; and
  • a station at Luddenham to service a future education, innovation and commercial precinct.

NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said supporting the airport and Aerotropolis was a key part of the Western Sydney City Deal, a 20-year agreement signed in March 2018 by the Commonwealth Government, NSW Government, and eight Western Sydney councils.

The Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport is being funded on an equal joint basis by the Commonwealth and New South Wales governments under the City Deal.

The $5.3 billion Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport is being fully funded by the Commonwealth Government.


Governments seeking feedback on heavy vehicle charging - and how it's spent

The Heavy Vehicle Road Reform (HVRR) team is seeking public feedback on proposed changes to the setting and investing of heavy vehicle charges. Consultation will focus on four proposed changes to the way in which road services are provided by governments.

The four proposals are:

  • The Transport and Infrastructure Council will determine service level standards for different types of roads. These standards will be developed in consultation with users.
  • State and territory road expenditure plans would be assessed against those standards by an independent body, to determine the expenditure that can be recovered from heavy vehicle operators.
  • An independent regulator would then determine the rate of the Commonwealth heavy vehicle Road User Charge and state heavy vehicle registration fees, to recover the agreed expenditure from industry.
  • Revenue collected from these heavy vehicle charges would be dedicated to road infrastructure.

A consultation paper is available on the HVRR consultation webpage.

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